House fire started after ‘cooking oil spillage’


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Cooking oil is believed to have caused a house fire in Fordham on New Year’s Eve.

Firefighters from Newmarket were called to Harry Palmer Close at 5.41pm, after reports that a house was ablaze.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “A fire had broken out in the kitchen of a bungalow measuring 10m by 5m. Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire by 6.17pm.”

An investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was accidental.

The spokesman added: “It is believed cooking oil had spilt from the cooker down the back of the appliance, entering the electrics.”